Featuring A. Trevor Thrall, Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, George Mason University; and Erik Goepner, Doctoral student in public policy, George Mason University; with comments by Betsy Woodruff, Politics Reporter, The Daily Beast; Emily Ekins, Research Fellow, Cato Institute; and Aaron Schumacher, Director, International, Foreign Policy Group, and Senior Vice President, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy; moderated by Christopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
A limited constitutional government calls for a rules-based, freemarket monetary system, not the topsy-turvy fiat dollar that now exists under central banking. This issue of the Cato Journal examines the case for alternatives to central banking and the reforms needed to move toward free-market money.
Americans are finally enjoying an improving economy after years of recession and slow growth. The unemployment rate is dropping, the economy is expanding, and public confidence is rising. Surely our economic crisis is behind us. Or is it? In Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis, Cato scholar Michael D. Tanner examines the growing national debt and its dire implications for our future and explains why a looming financial meltdown may be far worse than anyone expects.
The Cato Institute has released its 2014 Annual Report, which documents a dynamic year of growth and productivity. “Libertarianism is not just a framework for utopia,” Cato’s David Boaz writes in his book, The Libertarian Mind. “It is the indispensable framework for the future.” And as the new report demonstrates, the Cato Institute, thanks largely to the generosity of our Sponsors, is leading the charge to apply this framework across the policy spectrum.
Featuring Rep. Cal Dooley (D-CA); I. M. “Mac” Destler, Author, American Trade Politics; and moderated by Daniel Griswold, Director, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
During his 14 years in the House, retiring Rep. Cal Dooley (D-CA) has compiled one of the most pro-trade voting records in Congress. He played an important role in the passage of major trade initiatives, such as NAFTA; the creation of the World Trade Organization; China’s entry into the WTO; and trade promotion authority. Meanwhile, there has been a growing debate within both major parties about free trade agreements and the effect of globalization on the U.S. economy. Rep. Dooley will reflect on trade battles past and the prospects for reviving bipartisan support for trade expansion in the new Congress. This will be followed by comments from University of Maryland professor Mac Destler, one of the nation’s top trade historians.